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33    Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 —Hours of meeting and routine of business—Variation

At the request of the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis), general business notice of motion no. 570, standing in the names of Senators Smith, Reynolds, Wong, Pratt, Di Natale, Rice, Kakoschke-Moore, Hinch and Hume was taken as formal.

Statements by leave : Senators Brandis, O’Sullivan, Wong and Di Natale, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Senator Smith, also on behalf of Senators Reynolds, Wong, Pratt, Di Natale, Rice, Kakoschke-Moore, Hinch and Hume moved—That—

(1)       The following bill be introduced immediately: A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to the definition of marriage and protect religious freedoms, and for related purposes.

(2)       On Thursday, 16 November 2017, the second reading debate on the bill shall have precedence over all general business until not later than 6 pm.

(3)       In the week commencing 27 November 2017, the bill shall have precedence over all government and general business and, until proceedings on the bill are concluded, the hours of meeting and routine of business shall be varied as follows:

(a)       proposals under standing order 75 not be proceeded with;

(b)       on Tuesday, 28 November 2017:

                                                        (i)       the hours of meeting shall be 12.30 pm to 11 pm,

                                                      (ii)       the routine of business from not later than 7.20 pm shall be consideration of the bill only, and

                                                     (iii)       the Senate shall adjourn without debate at 11 pm; and

(c)       on Thursday, 30 November 2017:

                                                        (i)       the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to adjournment,

                                                      (ii)       the routine of business from not later than 4.30 pm shall be consideration of the bill only,

                                                     (iii)       divisions may take place after 4.30 pm, and

                                                    (iv)       the Senate shall adjourn without debate after proceedings on the bill are concluded.

Question put and passed.

Senator Smith presented the bill and moved—That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.

Question put and passed.

Bill read a first time.

Senator Smith moved—That this bill be now read a second time.

Explanatory memorandum : Senator Smith, by leave, tabled an explanatory memorandum relating to the bill.

Debate adjourned till the next day of sitting, Senator Smith in continuation.